As we age, we all look for the elusive fountain of youth to stay as young-looking as possible for as long as possible. Unfortunately, while many products on the market profess their youth-retaining abilities, much of it is just marketing hype without any actual results to back up their claim.
But foods are different. There is a lot of scientific data to prove their anti-aging claims. So let’s explore some of the tastier ones.
Blueberries are high in antioxidants, particularly on the skin, and help repair damage caused over time by free radicals. If not familiar with free radicals, they are a byproduct of normal cell function. As a cell creates energy, it passes waste products out of the body. These waste products are in the form of unstable oxygen molecules called free radicals.
A diet high in antioxidants helps protect your body from aging because they contain specialized enzymes and molecules that have a spare electron that can be used to neutralize free radicals. Because of this, blueberries have anti-inflammation properties, which scientists think also help improve our memories as we age.
See my other detailed blog on The Superiority of Berries by clicking here.
Either eaten as a snack, added to a bowl of cereal, or used as a topping on a salad, these tree nuts are high in polyunsaturated fats, which help reduce and prevent inflammation in the brain. This, in turn, helps the brain retain its activity level and slows the aging process of that organ.
Green vegetables, in general, are an excellent anti-aging superfood category; however, at the top of the list are cucumbers. Why? Because they are high in a trace mineral called silica. Silica helps contribute to the growth and maintenance of connective tissue by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, thus assisting with keeping the skin looking younger.
High in monounsaturated fat, avocados provide a one/two punch. First, the excellent fat they contain helps keep your heart healthy. Two, they help your body better absorb lycopene and beta-carotene – two powerful antioxidants that work hard to prevent many degenerative diseases, especially in the eyes, a significant concern as we age. Just be sure you eat foods high in lycopene and beta-carotene, such as tomatoes and orange juice.
While not technically a food, water deserves a place on the superfoods list because the other superfoods cannot do their anti-aging work without enough water each day. So, on average, try to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses daily.
Anti-aging is generally thought of as treating the outside of the body, but anti-aging superfoods like those in this list help with anti-aging on the inside too.
Categories of My Research Blogs
I will be compiling a list of external links below for more reading. Please come back to see them.